Department stores, London
Regent Street is one of the favourite streets for shopping, from anything from a handmade cake to a pair of sunglasses to a gold necklace to a game of scrabble!
Quality is excellent and it's a pleasure shopping here.
Not only are the choice of shops good, but the architecture is incredible.
Other shopping favourites are Oxford Street and Kensington High Street.
What to buy: You can buy pretty much anything form these streets! All kinds of shops are situated here, although most quite expensive.
You will find some 'bargain' shops on Oxford Street, heading towards Tottenham Court Road.
They are shopping meccas!
What to pay: Being Central London, you can gather that the rentals are VERY high at the retail outlets, so this is reflected in theipricing. However, the sales are always very good, as they NEED to get rid of thier unwanted stock, to make room for the next season's stock, so they practically give away things. Best time to shop? January :)
The architecture of this store is something usually overlooked by people visiting it, stand back take a view it's impressive. it was originally supposed to have a 40 ft tower potruding out of the middle but the planning permission was turned down.
Selfridges has everythign from designer labels for men and women, to skateboarding clothes etc. the ground floor is covered with cosmetics, watches and perfumes.
this is one of the most famous department stores in the country, beaten only by harrods... although selfriges is less of a tourist attraction more of a shopaholics dream
What to pay: everything in london is expensive so do your research beforehand
Something can be said for London's Christmas shopping.
Usually I am not a big shopper, preferring instead to do some Christmas shopping online, or making something, or going to craft markets etc... these huge department stores with all there fancy fashions and exteriors don't do anything for me.
But then Christmas arrives! :)
There is a special buzz and excitement in the air as December 25th draws near... everyone is dressed smartly in their winter duffle coats, brightly coloured scarves and gloves... there's a chill in the air. This is cool shopping time! :)
We were looking down a small shopping street near central London & contemplating going into Boots The Chemist - every town & city has one in the UK - taking a good look from the top of the street we saw St. Paul's again - but from a unique angle - rising up in all its glory from a gap in the street. The Shopping was soon forgotten
What to buy: If you do like shopping & some do - London is the top for shopping in the UK selling everything imaginable
What to pay: n/a
Harrods may be much larger and much more famous, but Fortnum and Mason is a true London institution, they say. Posh place.
What to buy: Hm. This place is selling Jaguars whereas your local supermarket only sells Hyundais. Incidentally, Hyundais are much more reliable cars than Jags, and I am not really convinced that the high prices in this store are justified by an equally superior quality. But of course it is the name that counts.
Fortnum & Mason first opened in 1707 and it?s really a nice experience and you can go there just to look at the londoners. You can get everything from sweets to clothes here and everything is the finest quality.
Unbelivebale expencive shop but u can visit it as museum :)
What to buy: Department store
Liberty prints and fabrics, furniture and clothing
What to pay: For anyone who lives outside of the EU there is an opportunity to claim back your VAT on all those purchases you made over bp 50 whilst browsing for nothing in particular. Tax is hard enough so you should inform a sales assistant at the cash desk who will help you with the rest.
Oxford Street is a mecca for shoppers. The bulk of shoppers worldwide are women. They're here in their thousands. Department stores such as Selfridges, Marks and Spence, Debenhams, the list goes on and, for every such store there are 100 smaller ones. Make sure you bring your wallet.
The building takes up a whole city block (see pic 3) and the window dressers have done a stunning job though I couldn't help but notice that the colours were not unlike those on display at Harrods. (see pic 2)
What to buy: Selfridges is upmarket. Think Harrods style upmarket. It's great coming from Australia and just seeing how the other half lives so to speak but, as for actually buying anything, well, I couldn't see thongs or stubbies anywhere. (That's casual footwear and work shorts in Australia.) No, this was a different world and was enjoyable for that alone.
What to pay: Lots.
Oxford Street has long been a prime shopping location. The main attraction is its 300 shops and landmark stores. Whether you want designer clothing or affordable fashion, Oxford Street has a store to cater for you.
What to buy: Selfridges is one of street's most famous stores, and it has recently earned a well-deserved reputation for being a good place to source contemporary designer clothes.
Dolce and Gabanna, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen have all taken up residency. The store also has an extensive men's section, a comprehensive food hall, nineteen quality eateries, a giant cosmetics hall and even a tattoo and piercing studio on the ground floor.
Further down the street you will find all the well recognised chain stores; Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and House of Fraser. Marks and Spencer's flagship it has the widest range of Collette Dinnigan lingerie, clothing and of course, foods. HMV, Borders and Gap. New Look has a prominent store here.
What to pay: Go there when the Sales start you can get the best bargain.
Many big department stores here,shop till you drop or run out of money.
What to buy: I was looking for some games and some DVDs ,could not find the game which was nintendo cube Mario cart,if you have it please post it to me,thanks...
What to pay: normal prices.
Probably the largest shopping mall in the United Kingdom, with over 300 stores, rangng from Next to the much more upscale House of Fraser, Goldsmiths, etc.
Among my personal favourites:
- The Bonsai House: selling (yes, you guessed it!) miniature trees and Japanese gardens;
- Swarovski: crystal figurines
What to pay: This depends on which store you end up in, but from 3-4 GBP for a vase in Next, up to 4000 GBP for a Mouawad or Pasquale Bruni jewelry at Goldsmiths.
Selfridges, Harrods, Peter Jones, Debenhams, Marks and Spencers, Liberty...names like these make me think of London and most particularly Oxford Street.
Nowadays new stores are taking over :Next, Top Shop, River Island, FCUK, Zara, Mango so that you no longer know whether you are in London, Nicosia or Dubai.
I used to love the shops in Oxford Street but now shopping is a nightmare. Walking up and down the hard pavements, trying to avoid the crowds makes shopping a chore..
So, either I head to one of the old established stores like Selfridges, or out to Brents Cross where there is room to move.
What to buy: Quality items because the everyday things are in the high street shops in every provincial town.
The book shops in Tottenham Court road still have an appeal.
What to pay: it depends on what you want; but if it is quality you will pay, but get a bargain in that it will last.
Very few shopping malls or centre in central London. If you want to avoid crowds and pricey shops like what you may find in Oxford street, go shopping malls zone 2 onwards such Brent Cross and Bluewater Shopping centre. This is what the Londoners spend on the weekend. I normally goes to Lewisham shopping centre, not too many crowds.
What to buy: Many things in many shops
Primark, recently awarded best fashionble store through Lorraine Kelly show in ITV.
AND the cheapest clothing you can get in part of the UK.
What to buy: Jeans, T-shirt, Blouse, anything comes as part as clothes for Men, Women & Children.
I bought a Jumper at cost £1 before. Irresitibble.
What to pay: £1 - £50, quality almost better than any shops at Oxford Street.
Call it a JC Penney's in London. (Not that I ever did shop at JC Penney's in the U.S.)
**This was a recommendation from my flatmate. I haven't actually been here.
Primark is like a department store but with much more reasonable prices. Very good for basics like tshirt, tanks and underwear (the underwear can't beat Marks and Sparks though!)
Check this place out if Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Oxford Street is just a little out of your price range.
What to buy: Just the basics.
What to pay: Whatever you want to spend. Shoes ran from as little as 5 pounds to 10 pounds. Pants were on average 8 pounds. Quite cheap compared to anything on Oxford Street.